14 September 2010
from VoltaireNet Website
For days the headline in US and even world news has been whether or not a fanatic Christian preacher from a tiny Florida church will or will not burn the Moslem Koran in protest to the announced plans to build a mosque 400 meters from the site of the World Trade Twin Towers.
Conveniently, the drama was focused on the 9th anniversary of the collapse of three (not two as widely believed) towers on September 11, 2001.
Now details about the real estate group that is allegedly ready to invest $100 million in the mosque construction suggest that the entire drama is being deliberately orchestrated.
The question is by whom to what ends?
In a move to maintain high drama, on September 10, bombastic New York real estate wheeler-dealer Donald Trump made public his offer to buy out the prime owner of the proposed Islamic Center for “patriotic” reasons.
The deal was reportedly rejected categorically by Hisham Elzanaty, an Egyptian-born businessman who says he provided a majority of the financing for the two buildings where the center would be built.
Here is where it begins to become
According to their website Soho Properties was founded by Sharif El-Gamal in 2003.
The website describes their activities:
Who is Sharif El-Gamal then?
It seems, according to various New York police records and the research of a Florida private detective on behalf of clients who claim to have been defrauded by the El-Gamal group, that Sharif El-Gamal has a rather dubious background, for someone who is the mogul of a $100 million real estate deal.
Sharif is in a partnership with his brother, Sammy
El-Gamal, and Nour Mousa, nephew of Amr Moussa, an Egyptian diplomat and the
Secretary General of the Arab League.
In a depressed New York
real estate market, the El-Gamal brothers seem not to be such shrewd
businessmen. They reportedly bought it from the
Witkoff Group, which had
bought the building in 2006 for $31.5 million, during the book in New York
real estate. 
Properties paid the owner $4.85 million in cash for the property.
The question being asked is where did the large sums of money come from for the two El-Gamal brothers?
It seems they are
anything but your typical New York millionaire real estate tycoons. Their
backgrounds suggest more apprentices in a new Godfather film as petty
Elzanaty, who was
reportedly a "significant investor" in mosque developer Sharif el-Gamal’s
$4.8 million mosque project, was also ordered to repay $331,000 after an
audit showed Medicaid had overpaid him. 
Florida private investigator Bill Warner and to various New York reports,
there is an investigation ongoing into Sammy and Sharif El-Gamal of the SOHO
Properties by the New York State Dept of Licensing in Manhattan for
non-payment of apartment rental deposits to customers that were supposed to
be in escrow.
guilty to a mis-demeanor of disorderly conduct. In another instance, Sharif
told a court he didn’t hit a tenant from whom his brother and he were trying
to collect back rent. He said to police, the tenant’s "face could have run
into my hand." 
This is around when Sharif started acquiring a
criminal record, say people familiar with his career. 
in Ramadan dinner speech.
The entire ‘911’ Mosque controversy has been made into world news by CNN and other select media.
The US head of the military command in Afghanistan, General Petraeus got into the fray with a plea to the Florida pastor not to burn Korans, a move which naturally led several other wanna-be preacher bigots to say they too planned to burn Korans on the ninth anniversary of the World Trade Center event.
got into the act by praising the building of the mosque as a symbol of
Americans’ religious freedom and tolerance.
And that the Boeing jets had been allegedly hijacked by 19 Arab students, armed only with paper box cutters, who had just been trained at a Florida flight school to fly small Cessna-size private planes.
By keeping alive the myth of the “Second Pearl Harbor,” as
George W. Bush once called 9/11, perhaps some people such as Barack Obama or
General Petraeus hope to keep attention on the need for US military
occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, or even spreading the war beyond
These are some of the interesting questions to